Open auditions for Theater Kent’s first play of the season

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The season has only just begun but the Kent Theater is about to raise the curtain.

The community theater company will hold open auditions for its upcoming production, Remember, Maggy? at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at St. Andrews Church in Chatham.

Do you remember Maggy? is described as a powerful show featuring four women struggling with aging, illness, family and friends. The play is written by Carol and Matt Murray, a mother-son duo from Sarnia.

The play will be directed by Dan Smith.

“This is my fifth year in Chatham-Kent and my third production with Theater Kent, however, this is my first time directing,” said Smith. “I’ve done a lot of plays over the years, but every time you go to a new place you get the different stories from people about why they want to perform and why they want to be involved. It’s always fun.

Auditions are open to the public. Smith said everyone is welcome to audition, whether they have experience or not.

“It’s going to be fun to see who comes out and wants to risk being on stage,” Smith said.

The play follows two sisters and the journey of their complex relationship over a period of five years. Kate, a widowed housewife and Maggy, an actress, are fighting to stay
connected while coping with the progression of their sharp-tongued Irish mother with Alzheimer’s disease.

The play will be performed off-festival at Theater Kent’s Western Ontario Drama League this year.

“We’ll have a referee come in and watch the game,” Smith said. “The judge will give us his opinion on the acting, lighting, sound, makeup, costumes and set. It’s a very good experience for the company to have.

Anyone interested in auditioning can receive a copy of the script by emailing smith at [email protected]

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